HyperLink Web Server Control Overview

The HyperLink Web server control creates links on a Web page that enables users to move from page to page in an application.

This topic contains:

  • Background

  • Code Examples

  • Class Reference


The primary advantage of using a HyperLink control is that you can set link properties in server code. For example, you can dynamically change the link text or target page based on conditions in the page.

Security noteSecurity Note

The URLs associated with a hyperlink can be tampered with by a malicious user. For more information, see How to: Protect Against Script Exploits in a Web Application by Applying HTML Encoding to Strings.

Another advantage of using the HyperLink control is that you can use data binding to specify the target URL for the link (and parameters to be passed with the link, if necessary). A typical example is to create HyperLink controls based on a list of products. The target URL points to a page where the user can read more detail about the product.


If you need to create data-bound HyperLink controls, a convenient way to do so is to add them as children of these controls: Repeater, DataList, GridView, FormView, or DetailsView.

The HyperLink control can display clickable text or an image.

Unlike most Web server controls, the HyperLink control does not raise an event in server code when users click it. Instead, the control simply performs navigation.

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Code Examples

How to: Add HyperLink Web Server Controls to a Web Forms Page

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Class Reference

The following table lists the classes that relate to the HyperLink control.




The main class for the control.

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